News

Religion

Bishop: ‘We All Knew’ of McCarrick’s Abuse

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick at the Vatican in 2013 (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

In an interview released on Wednesday, Bishop Steven Lopes castigated his fellow bishops and cardinals for denying that they knew of disgraced cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged sexual abuse of seminarians and adolescents before it was revealed this year.

“I’ll tell you what response I think is not good enough. It’s the parade of cardinals and bishops who have rushed to the television cameras clutching their pectoral crosses, saying, ‘I knew nothing,’” Lopes said in a recording posted on Twitter by Matthew Schmitz, senior editor of First Things. “I don’t believe it, and I am one of them. I don’t believe it.”

Lopes, the bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, said that McCarrick frequently visited his former seminary for nefarious purposes that were commonly understood by all who served there.

“Because as one of the youngest bishops in the conference, you do get an interesting perspective, like, for the fact that I was a seminarian when Theodore McCarrick was named archbishop of Newark. And he would visit the seminary often, and we all knew,” he said.

In an eleven-page report released earlier this month, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleged that at least 32 high-ranking church officials conspired to cover up outstanding abuse allegations leveled against McCarrick. The report further claims that Pope Francis lifted sanctions imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI and restored him to a place of prominence within the Church, despite having been made aware in 2013 of the allegations against him.

Pope Francis has refused to address the allegations, while some of the high-ranking prelates named in the report, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, have denied knowledge of McCarrick’s alleged abuse.

Many high-profile Church figures and sympathetic members of the media have cast Viganò — who has criticized Francis’s apparent willingness to soften Church teaching on homosexual behavior — as politically motivated.

Most Popular

Elections

Stick a Fork in O’Rourke

If, as I wrote last week here, Joe Biden may save the Democratic party from a horrible debacle at the polls next year, Beto O’Rourke may be doing the whole process a good turn now. Biden, despite his efforts to masquerade as the vanguard of what is now called progressivism, is politically sane and, if ... Read More
Elections

In Defense of the Electoral College

Senator Elizabeth Warren has joined a growing chorus within the Democratic party in calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. Speaking at a forum in Mississippi on Monday night, Warren said that she hoped to ensure that “every vote matters” and proposed that “the way we can make that happen is ... Read More
National Security & Defense

In Defense of the Iraq War

Today is the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and Twitter is alive with condemnations of the conflict -- countered by precious few defenses. Yet I believed the Iraq War was just and proper in 2003, and I still believe that today. When Donald Trump condemned the war during the 2015 primary campaign and ... Read More
Education

Ivy-League Schools Wither

A  number of liberal bastions are daily being hammered — especially the elite university and Silicon Valley. A Yale and a Stanford, or Facebook and Google, assume — for the most part rightly — that each is so loudly progressive that the public, federal and state regulators, and politicians would of ... Read More